Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials Jul 07, 2020 0 886 12345 WASHINGTON: The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19.The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a combination of two antibodies that block the coronavirus’ “spike protein” which it uses to invade human cells.The company is moving to the final Phase 3 stage of a trial to determine if its drug can prevent infection among people recently exposed to the virus -- for example through a person in their household. This trial, run jointly with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is expected to enroll 2,000 patients in the US.“We are pleased to collaborate with NIAID to study REGN-COV2 in our quest to further prevent the spread of the virus with an antiviral antibody cocktail that could be available much sooner than a vaccine,” said Regeneron President George Yancopoulos. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES France’s Louvre reopens to applause after 16-week virus shutdown Jul 07, 2020 0 631 Trump calls on black NASCAR driver to apologise over noose protest Jul 07, 2020 0 931 Britain unveils sanctions against Russians, Saudis Jul 07, 2020 0 1404 Spain court clears extradition of former Mexico oil chief MADRID: A Spanish court said on Monday it was allowing the extradition of a former chief executive of Mexican state oil company PEMEX accused of corruption to his home country. Emilio Lozoya, PEMEX chief from 2012 to 2018, .. Mexican president rejects comparison of virus death toll with France, Spain MEXICO CITY: Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Sunday to compare coronavirus death tolls with European states after the Latin American nation became the fifth hardest-hit country by the .. Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race SANTO DOMINGO: Opposition candidate Luis Abinader has claimed victory in the Dominican Republic’s presidential race after voters on Sunday braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots for a new .. French ex-spies on trial for ‘sharing secrets’ with China AFP Paris The trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court on Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security. Identified only as Pierre-Marie H, .. COVID-19 imperils AIDS progress, UN warns AFP Paris COVID-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said on Monday in a warning that the pandemic was jeopardising years of progress against HIV. .. Global experts warn of COVID-19 airborne threat AFP Washington An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognise that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two meters .. Trump’s niece to release memoir on July 14 NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s niece will release her unflattering book on the US president on July 14, her publisher announced on Monday, after a judge lifted a temporary ban on publication. Simon & Schuster has brought .. Supreme Court rules US states can punish ‘faithless electors’ AFP Washington The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US states have the right to remove and punish members of the Electoral College for not backing the presidential candidate whom they pledged to support. The unanimous ..